A female great white shark affectionately named Nicole has completed the worlds first known transoceanic journey for the species after travelling more
than 20000 kilometres. The shark was tagged in South African waters and the data then recorded a strikingly direct route to Australia, the path taken
void of Oceanic Islands. On the journey Nicole dived to depths of 980 metres (3215 feet) which is a record for great white sharks but spent most of
the time swimming on the surface. Nicole was named after Australian popular actress and shark lover Nicole Kidman.
In addition to traveling farther than any other known shark, Nicole completed the trip from South Africa to Australia and back in just under nine
months, the fastest return migration of any swimming marine organism known.
Ninety-nine days later, Nicole was swimming about a mile from shore just south of the Exmouth Gulf in western Australia, where her tag detached and
floated to the surface with all of her secrets.
This leg of the journey alone—some 6,897 miles (11,100 kilometers)—was one for the record books. However, Nicole would resurface again on August
20, 2004, not in Australian waters, but back in Gansbaai, South Africa, where she was tagged just under nine months before. Her distinctively notched
dorsal fin was photographed by Michael Scholl, one of Bonfil’s team researchers and compared to previous photographs he had taken over a period of
six years. After a detailed comparison of images of dorsal fin notches and markings, there was no longer any doubt: Nicole had returned to her home
Nicole’s complete journey of more than more than 12,400 miles (more than 20,000 kilometers) is by far the longest distance traveled by any shark
known to science. By comparison, a whale shark tagged in the Gulf of California was tracked with a satellite transmitter traveling some 8,078 miles
(13,000 kilometers) to the western Pacific.
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One of the most fascinating news articles I have read in a long time. Absolutely amazing. This animal has travelled farther than many animals travel
in their lifetime. Even migratory sea species travelling from north to south would not travel that fast or that long a distance on their annual
She seemed like she was on a real mission for something. She took a direct route to Australia and back. An amazing creature.
I love the way with the advent of new technolgy we are learning so much more and more daily about this planet we live on and the life she sustains
[edit on 9-10-2005 by Mayet]